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The Educational Talent Search (ETS) program is designed to assist economically and educationally disadvantaged students. This program supports secondary students through graduation and assists them in enrolling at post-secondary institutions. Typical students are limited income, first generation and college-bound, and are in need of assistance to expand their educational opportunities.

Educational Talent Search (ETS) is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and has hundreds of programs throughout the United States and its territories. Since 1994 the University of Washington ETS program has been hosted by the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity (OMA&D), and currently serves nearly 700 students in six different school districts in Skagit, Snohomish and Yakima counties.

ETS educational specialists provide services to students individually and in small groups on a weekly basis. Students receive information to help them become successful in school, graduate and enroll in post-secondary education. Instruction and information include effective study habits, goal setting, enrolling in college-bound classes, career information and interest testing, college admissions, and navigating the financial aid and scholarship process.

Additionally, ETS students are given the opportunity to attend college and career fairs, career workshops, local college tours and participate in the TRiO National Day of Service and the Hispanic Youth Symposium. Juniors and seniors have the opportunity to visit out-of-state colleges and universities as well.